It’s Finally Here!

Our first anniversary is coming in a couple weeks and as our main present I ordered a canvas print of our favorite picture from our Fiji honeymoon. Originally it was supposed to be my present to Flannel Man but by the time we decided how much we wanted to spend I had already ordered the print. Whoops. We getting each other a smaller present besides this anyway.


The picture was one we’ve been meaning to get enlarged for over a year and is Flannel Man’s favorite picture from trip. Which is saying a lot considering in the two weeks we were there we took over 6,000 pictures! What can I say we both like taking pictures. After I painstakingly sorted the pictures from both of our cameras, renamed them by day, and deleted the blurry ones there was only 4,000 pictures left though. Our first attempt at underwater photography ended up in a lot of blurry shots.


The picture I had enlarged was of Matangi Island, a tiny horseshoe shaped island where our last and most luxurious resort was. The bay formed by the island is called Horseshoe Bay and is on the list of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Each day the resort staff drop off one couple with a picnic lunch so that they can have the beach to themselves all day. Fishing and any boats besides the staff’s are prohibited so there is an abundance of sea life in the bay.


The funny thing is these were actually two different pictures I photoshopped together. The brush on top of the cliff we hiked up to to get these shots was overgrown and limited our shots. We were disappointed because their brochures show these great photos we weren’t able to take. So after we got back I painstakingly combined a picture I took with my DSLR and one FM took with his point and shoot. Here are the SOOC (straight out of camera) pictures I combined:


See how those trees were in the way? Notice the difference in the colors too. The funny part is that we were taking the two pictures at the same time and I my picture on the left shows FM’s hand in the bottom corner. I wanted to take out his hand but FM really liked it there. So when you look at the combined picture the camera he’s holding in his hand is actually taking the right hand side of that same picture. Trippy ha?

Here’s how the actual print turned out:


I had it done in a gallery wrap style with the photo wrapping around the sides.


I love the texture the canvas gives it. But printed part it’s surprisingly stiffer than paintings I’ve done on canvas.


I had it blown up to a custom size of 30″ wide by 14″ tall. I didn’t want to make it too big to keep costs down and because I didn’t want it to overpower the space we put it in. It has extremely saturated colors whereas we typically like to decorate with a more muted palette. For now I want to put it over our bed.


It looks smaller over the bed than I had imagined. But our new four post bed frame is coming any day now and I think the chunky square posts will frame it up nicely. Overall, I love how it turned out but I expected it to have a thicker frame so that it would stand out more from the wall. I think it fits both of our personal styles well. FM likes traditional decor and I like a more modern decor. It’ s printed on a traditional canvas but has the modern gallery wrap.

Plus the printing company was able to put FM’s hand on the side like I had requested. That way his hand is still there but hidden on the side. I think it’s a good compromise.


I can’t wait to show FM! I think I’m just going to randomly hang it up the weekend of our anniversary and see how long it takes for him to notice. : )




12 Responses to “It’s Finally Here!”

  1. 1 tashamort June 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm


    I am just blown away by how you created that. Amazing job. It looks straight out of National Geographic!

    Happy Anniversary to both of you!

  2. 2 Sierra June 13, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Sweet! Did you get it from Mpix?

    Do you guys have any anniversary plans yet? We’re going to a wedding! :-p

  3. 3 Robin June 13, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks Trashy! Someday I want to do a brief tutorial/explanation of how I did it on my art blog. I’m not trying to sound full of myself but the guys at the Camera Company were really, really impressed. They didn’t believe that it came from two different pictures so I had to point out some of the ways you can tell. For example, the clouds on the left side looked funny next to the ones on the right so I mirrored them and removed one cloud so they weren’t an exact opposite. Then I got lazy an didn’t bother with the other ones. : ) I think it creates a cool wide angle kind of look though with both sides angling away from you.

    I ordered it from the Camera Company Sully. None of the online sources I found did custom sizes and they were right around the same price. We don’t really have any exciting plans. We’re going to stay home and watch the Blue Lagoon movies I asked for. And we’ll probably go out to eat one night. I did ask FM to take off Monday for our actual anniversary but I can’t take off the day with him. He gets almost 4 weeks of vacation and I only have 6 days right now. Boo. : ( He gets all that extra time because he works second shift and that’s there way of saying sorry you don’t get to spend any time with your family. But I don’t get to spend the time with him since I can’t take off. So he’s going to Nationals and another match without me this summer.

    That’s funny that you’re going to a wedding that same weekend. Is it around here or in CO?

  4. 4 Aimee June 14, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    That is a gorgeous print, and gift! And guess what? We used to have that exact bed frame! We didn’t have ours set up as a four poster either because of a fan in our room. This past anniversary we got a new bed as a gift. 🙂

    Love the idea of a honey moon photo for a gift though. Very romantic.

  5. 5 Robin June 14, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Really Aimee? That’s so weird. FM’s grandpa got him this at an auction when he moved out of the house. I didn’t realize it came as a four post bed too. We actually ordered a new bed frame a couple months ago that we’ve been eying up for a long time. It’s a solid cherry four post bed that’s being made in an Amish community in Indiana. I can’t wait to get it!

  6. 6 Ginesa June 16, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous photo!

    You are so extremely talented with Photoshop – what a lovely reminder of your HM!

  7. 7 Julia June 16, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I love it, Robin! Also, I cannot find your contact email on either blog but will you email me at jules5.27.07 at gmail? I have a question about photoshop for you. Thanks!

  8. 8 Robin June 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks Ginesa and Julia! Julia, I’m debating on whether I should put a contact e-mail on here or not. When I did that on my other blog I instantly got 300 junk e-mails a day.

  9. 9 hookedonhouses June 16, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    What a great idea to get a photo from your honeymoon printed up like this! And it’s such a beautiful one, too. You’d never guess it was two put together.

    If you want to put your contact e-mail on your blog without getting junk e-mails, just write it with spaces so that humans can read it but computers won’t. Did you try that yet? For example: myname @ Some people will write: myname “at” Either way. You just have to keep the computers that are searching for e-mail addresses from recognizing it as one and scooping it up.

    I haven’t gotten any spam as a result of it in the four months I’ve had it on my blog. You will occasionally get e-mails from readers, but I never mind that!

    -Julia 🙂

  10. 10 Robin June 16, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks HoH Julia! Yeah I did that but I think someone put me on some e-mail list somewhere. My other blog gets a surprising amount of traffic because it was linked to by a couple other sites. I haven’t posted there since March and I still get 200-300 clicks a day. I think I’ll suck it up and add one to my About page.

    (And I just realized the Big Brother reference I made. 🙂 )

  11. 11 Carrie June 23, 2008 at 1:13 am

    That turned out really gorgeous! Wow. You are extremely talented with photoshop. Color me jealous!

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